Guest Blogger: Mike Johnson

BYOD isn’t just about using a tablet in meetings or having email access on your phone while waiting at the doctor’s office.  BYOD is about a mobility experience that exceeds expectations and allows employees to do their jobs no matter where they are or what time of the day it is.  This makes BYOD amazing news to employees; however, BYOD can be a hassle for CIOs when it comes to security and support.

Cisco and MobleIron report that 78% of US white-collar employees use a mobile device for work purposes. Also, 60% of enterprise knowledge workers use a mobile device as their primary computing device. Smartphone adoption is growing at more than 50% annually which means there will be 1.2 billion smartphones that enter the market over the next five years.

All of this rapid growth in BYOD can give IT professionals a reason to worry as they consider security. Logicalis has found the BYOD concerns that worry IT professionals most:

  • Providing both a choice of devices and support for each device
  • Maintaining secure access across the corporate network
  • The time it takes to bring new devices on board
  • The creation and enforcement of company usage polices
  • Data protection and loss prevention management
  • Wireless LAN performance and reliability
  • Their ability to revoke access
  • Access to the tools needed to gain visibility into and control over devices on the network
  • Feeling overwhelmed with trying to manage the increase in connected devices

Are these real concerns that we must confront immediately? Or do you believe these concerns are just hype? Tell us why in the comments.

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